Who’s an Ambassador for the 2015 Type-A Parent Conference? I Am!

Golden Ticket Holders

I am pleased to announce that I was chosen as a Type-A Parent Ambassador for this year’s #TypeACon! My fellow 2015 Type-A Parent Ambassadors include Anne Parris, Kelly Whalen, Amiyrah Martin, Lisa Lehmann, Nicole Bullock, and Jamie Lieberman.  The Type-A Conference was the first blogging conference I ever attended back in 2009, and I haven’t missed […]

The Opposite of Anger Management?

Bruce Banner Always Angry

After a recent Facebook conversation with Robyn Wright about our respective therapy goals, I got to thinking about how I’ve been struggling with something my psychiatrist has been telling me I need to work on for quite some time: expressing my anger. There is a healthy way to express anger, and a lot of people […]

Everything You Ever Wanted – A Book Review & Giveaway

Everything You Ever Wanted Book Cover

When I received an advanced review copy of Everything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren, I had no idea what to expect from it. I knew it was a memoir about adopting a special needs child, but that generic description hardly does the book justice. I had a hard time identifying with the author, Jillian, at […]

Setting More Realistic Goals For My Health

Setting Realistic Health Goals

For the last two years, I’ve been waiting to get back to feeling “normal” again. Granted, my version of “normal” before May 7, 2013 was still at about 50% capacity of healthy folks’ version of “normal,” but it was still a very manageable lifestyle for me. My job was an at-home desk job. (Thankfully, it […]

What is Christian Humanism?

People - Woman in Straw Hat

A few years back, I tried to start a blog to discuss some of my religious beliefs, having left organized religion behind. Life happened, and it fell by the wayside after only a handful of posts were published. My beliefs are still in a state of flux, but I think it’s worth republishing what served […]

Hot in Here or Just Me? Exergen TemporalScanner™ Thermometer Review

Exergen TemporalScanner Thermometer

I was contacted by an agency representing the Exergen TemporalScanner Thermometer about my interest in writing a review. I accepted the offer and received the product in the mail in just the nick of time for my family to start getting sick. We’d previously been using an ear thermometer because no one really liked the oral thermometers […]

An Open Letter to My Commenter Who Had a Lot of Anger to Project

Hateful Comment

I’m not really sure who remembers that I was on Anderson Cooper’s show in March 2013 for a segment about moms who take anxiety medication. There was a clear bias in the way the subject was handled, but I wrote a companion piece to further explore what I talked about on the show, a post […]

A Bubble in Space Just for My Son and Me

Our Bubble in Space

I’m hesitant to write about this because of the sensitivity of the subject, but that also feels like a very good reason to do it anyways. One of the most heartbreaking things you can experience as a parent is hearing your child say he wants to die.  The school psychologist called me at home a […]

Our 2015 NYS Common Core Testing Refusal Letter

Choose to Refuse

Last year was the first year we even had to consider refusing the New York State exams for grades 3-8. The “opt out” movement is gaining more traction, although “opt out” is not the phrasing you want to use with your school – you want to be clear that you and your child are refusing […]

I’m #ActuallyAutistic – Why We Hijacked the #AutismSpeaks10 Hashtag

By hobvias sudoneighm (Flickr: /doh) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Here’s the thing about the “autism advocacy” organization known as Autism Speaks – it doesn’t advocate for people with autism. In fact, if it’s said to advocate for anyone, it would be for overwrought parents of autistic children. In fact, they’ve promoted a video sympathizing with a mother who says – with her autistic daughter […]